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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Author Talk and Book Signing Event

Christie O’Neil Harrison will be reading from and discussing her book Dear Tommy on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 6 pm at Symposium Books at 240 Westminster Street in downtown Providence, RI.

Tommy O'Neil had just celebrated his 22nd birthday when a tragic work-related accident took his life and turned his family's world upside-down. His older sister turned to her journal for solace and immediately penned her first of many poems to him in one of his eulogies. Over the days, weeks, months and years that followed his death, she kept her special "Dear Tommy" book close to her as a way to maintain her relationship with her younger brother, even though he would never be able to write back.

After September 11, 2001, when global events irrevocably changed so many thousands of lives, Christie made the decision to publish her book. In empathy for the survivors left to deal with the sudden deaths of so many loved ones, she wanted to share with the world how she had coped on a day-to-day basis with the hole left in her life when her brother was suddenly taken away.

About the Author:

Christie O'Neil Harrison is an author, actress, poet and singer/songwriter who lives in Pawtucket, RI. She is the founder and CEO of Sunny Productions, a Professional Documentation Services company. She has more than a decade of experience in the publishing, editing and writing industries. She is a member of the Rhode Island Film Collaborative and has acted in a few locally filmed independent films, including “Scarlet Fever” and “Dead Giveaway.”

She is working on her next two books, one another memoir, and one a collection of her poetry.


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